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Pianist, Dr. Donald Boomgaarden Performs during the next live WVIA Simply Grand Concert on February 14, 2016 - Public Invited
(2016-01-10)
Pianist, Dr. Donald Boomgaarden performs the most romantic music works ever composed during the next live Simply Grand Concert on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the WVIA Studios in Pittston, PA. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or visit wvia.org/reservations.
(wvia) - Pianist, Dr. Donald Boomgaarden performs the most romantic music works ever composed during the next live Simply Grand Concert to be held on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA. Seating is free, but limited. To make reservations call 570-655-2808 or reserve seats online at http://www.wvia.org/reservations.

This Valentine's Day program includes a number of the most romantic music works ever composed. The characteristic Viennese waltzes by Schubert and Brahms capture the spirit of a great city, as do Schubert's haunting Impromptu, Op. 142, No. 2 in A-flat Major, and Brahms' Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2 in A Major. The compositions of Chopin are justifiably famous, products of the most gifted, and most romantic of all composers for the piano. On this program you will find a number of his most famous Mazurkas, Preludes, Nocturnes, Waltzes, and the remarkable Ballade No. 1 in G Minor.

Performing on WVIA's Steinway Grand Piano will be Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Scranton. He is a noted historian of opera, music aesthetics and harmonic theory. His writings include his book on the philosophy and aesthetics of music, Musical Thought in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Germany, articles in The New Grove Dictionary and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the British Dictionary of National Biography, as well as articles and reviews in many scholarly journals including the Journal of Musicological Research, Journal of Music Theory, Ad Parnassum, and the Journal of Education and Learning. He has also published in popular journals and magazines, such as Opera Today.

Provost Boomgaarden attended the Eastman School of Music and the University of Vienna, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. His teaching career has included positions at Ithaca College, St. Mary's College in Maryland, the Institut f r Musikwissenschaft at the University of Salzburg, and Loyola University Maryland. He served as chair of the music department at St. Mary's College in Maryland, and later as Assistant to the Provost. At Loyola University Maryland he was Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. Until his appointment as Provost at the University of Scranton he was Dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts and David P. Swanzy Distinguished Professor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans.

Along with his interests in academic administration and musicology Provost Boomgaarden has enjoyed an active career as a concert pianist. He began his studies at the age of four. While still a high school student he became a pupil of Blaise Montandon at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. At Texas State University he studied piano and composition with Russell Riepe, and later at the Eastman School of Music with Ellen Martin and Thomas Donohue. He has performed at master classes with Gustav Leonhardt and Paul Badura-Skoda, and continues to concertize frequently as a soloist and accompanist in Europe and the United States. Most recently he performed Johann Sebastian Bach's complete Goldberg Variations in Baltimore, Maryland, Corpus Christi, Texas, and New Orleans.

The WVIA "Simply Grand Concert Series" showcases the talent of regional classical musicians. Since the series began in 1990, dozens of regional musicians have been featured. The concerts are recorded for broadcast on WVIA-FM before a live audience in the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA Public Media Studios.

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